WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
Invite representatives of a local service organization (such as a humane society) to class to explain the value of community involvement. Encourage students to participate in a project with the organization, either individually or as a group. Then have students evaluate the economic, social, cultural, and civic value of doing community service. They might, for example, compare how it feels to be actively engaged in a service organization to sending an occasional donation.
Students can present biographical reports on the accomplishments of individuals who have changed history by their efforts on behalf of service organizations. Two examples are Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross, and Thurgood Marshall, attorney for the NAACP.
Ask students to brainstorm other areas where a volunteer organization might help their community. Have them draw up a charter for such a group, describing its mission and what it can hope to accomplish.
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